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Hello doctors, what does ldl, direct or dldl mean on a blood test?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
See below: Calculated LDL = total cholesterol -(hdl cholesterol + triglycerides/5). If total triglycerides are above 400 this calculation is not valid. Ldl can be measured directly and the direct assay is not dependent on triglyceride levels. Ldl levels should be below 130 and in high risk persons the goal may be as low as less than 70.
Answered on Dec 29, 2013

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